What is Your Defense?
In January of 2015, three men stormed a newspaper office in France and killed 12 people in the name of religious defense. It was an inexcusable and deplorable way to make a point about their religion and will, unfortunately, only hurt those who practice Islam more peacefully.
The cartoonist, who was the main target in the assault, was an equal-opportunity offender. He skewered all faiths, making fun of Islam, Catholicism, and Judaism all in the same breath.
Now whether you agree with his cynicism or not, you cannot deny that religion of all faiths is commonly under attack. Yet, how YOU deal with, it will make the night and day difference in how people view you and, subsequently, your faith.
There are two ways that you can handle an assault against your faith:
- Turn a blind eye and keep your mouth shut when someone bashes your faith. That way, the spotlight stays off you and you don’t draw attention to yourself or your beliefs. No harm, no foul. Or…
- You can speak up and defend your faith. The problem with the men in France is they never really argued for their faith. Instead, they used violence and fear, and those two elements will never persuade or enlighten others… they merely cast an evil glaze over any goodness within the faith.
Now, before I go any further, I want to say this piece is neither an argument for nor against Islam. Simply put, I am a Christian and firmly and unabashedly believe that Christianity is the true faith.
My argument here is that I believe that everyone should defend their faith on a daily basis, but how you protect it makes all the difference to your case and how it falls on a cynic’s or unbeliever’s ears. God asks you to defend your faith. He also asks that you be gentle and respectful. Below are some ways to prepare your defense.
- Personal Bible Study
- Take a Class
- Teach a Class
- Read Books by Other Apologists or Experts in Christianity
- Ask Your Friends. Get the pulse on their feelings and doubts.
- Go to God in Prayer
I started He’s the Solution partly because being so open about my religious beliefs, I came under much scrutiny. My weekly prayer, study, and worship help prepare me to, gently and respectfully, defend my faith whenever and wherever it is necessary.
BUT IN YOUR HEARTS REVERE CHRIST AS LORD. ALWAYS BE PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER TO EVERYONE WHO ASKS YOU TO GIVE THE REASON FOR THE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE. BUT TO DO THIS WITH GENTLENESS AND RESPECT.